Orioles score 12 runs, earn four-game sweep of Rays
— The Orioles’ first three batters of the game all reached base safely. Then, Chris Davis cleared them with one swing.
Davis’s first- inning grand slam to left field gave Baltimore a four-run lead it never relinquished.
The Tampa Bay Rays came within one with three runs in the top of the fifth inning, but the Orioles managed a 12-5 win in front of 38,611 fans Sunday at Camden Yards.
The Orioles (45-30) made up for a sub-performance by starting pitcher Tyler Wilson with 17 hits of their own. Wilson surrendered 10 hits, two home runs and all five runs in as many innings of work.
“Every time he gave up a home run, the next pitch he threw a strike. That tells you a little something,” Baltimore manager Buck Showalter said. “It’s no accident that a ‘W’ is next to his name today, even though he’d tell you it wasn’t one of his better outings.” Wilson said just that. “I think that today was a great team win. Personally, it wasn’t a very good performance on my end. There’s some good things to learn from,” he said. “They put some good swings on some balls, too, and they fought back and saved the game. Obviously, I wish I could’ve done a better job of getting that third out and closing out the fifth inning.”
Mark Trumbo smacked a tworun home run, his MLB-best 22nd of the season, in the bottom of the fifth to grow Baltimore’s lead to three runs. The outfielder played first base Sunday as Davis was used as the designated hitter.
Jonathan Schoop also homered for the Orioles in the third inning.
Baltimore added four insurance runs in the bottom of the eighth inning behind five hits that all came with two outs. The rally began with Adam Jones’s fourth hit in five plate appearances and culminated with an RBI single from Trumbo – his third on the afternoon.
Dylan Bundy struck out four Rays in three scoreless innings of relief and Odrisamer Despaigne pitched a perfect ninth inning.
“Dylan was one of the keys to the game,” Showalter said. “I’m really proud of how he’s come on and been a contributor.”
Schoop and Jones extended their hitting streak to nine and eight games, respectively.
The win sealed a series sweep for the Orioles, a four-game series played in three days.
“It’s been a challenging day. I was thinking about how physically taxing it was on these guys the last two days,” Showalter said. “To be able to come out and play with that intensity, that’s real proud for me. That’s hard to do. We played with a lot of energy here the last three days.”
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